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Bulletin, Oct.30

Sean & Charity began their rotation with emphasis on musicality. We were encouraged to listen to the music more closely and move to it using simple patterns. They will continue with more complex moves over the next two weeks.

We plan to see The Leading Ladies of Tango with its 18-woman cast in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 15,
The dancers will include our own Charity Lebron as a guest artist. A seven-piece Leading Ladies Orchestra is led by Uruguayan pianist Polly Ferman, who will play Jovino Santos Neto's, Yara Luna, written specifically for this show and making its world debut. Jovino has been nominated for a 2007 Latin Grammy for Best Jazz Album. Ferman will also lead her ladies in music arranged and composed especially for this show by tango's foremost bandoneonist, Daniel Binelli, and 2006 Latin Grammy winner Pablo Ziegler, Many pieces are new or have never before been recorded.

We will get a block of 20 tickets at $38 each; if everyone invites someone it will help our community grow. Plan now and we may get several carloads. Buy tickets from Carol Benak (make the check out to her). She will need payment by Nov. 15, and can be contacted at : carolbenak@sbcglobal.net

Leading Ladies of Tango
World Premiere of a San Francisco Original Production. The first all-female Tango program
Herbst Theatre: 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA. Five (5) performances only
Tickets on sale at San Francisco's City Box Office ; 180 Redwood Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94102 T. 415.392.4400 F. 415. 986.0411
Production contact:
An Extreme Tango Production
Ted Viviani, Executive Producer
T. 707.864.8417 or 408.746.3407

Meanwhile click on http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5042880318215869091 for a preview on San Francisco streets.


MONDAY (tonight) Oct. 30 & Nov. 6. Dinner and dancing at Jacobs Fine Dining, 2501 McHenry. A chance to work on moves learned in class and get needed floor time. No fee, but you are encouraged to order off the menu. We start at about 8 p.m. An informal gathering; some arrive early to dine. We may dance until 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, November 4: Regular classes with Sean & Charity at Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club, 200 Norwegian, off McHenry. 11 a.m. Intermediate, 12:30 beginning level. Intermediate students are encouraged to stay for the beginner class at no additional fee to work on technique and assist beginners. $12 a class per person.

Contact: Modesto Tango Mary (209) 522-1571
E-MAIL: fred.herman@sbcglobal.net
For more information visit

OUT OF TOWN: Some have expressed interest in these. To carpool call 522-1571


EMERYVILLE - Classes with Nora Dinzelbacher. Allegro Ballroom
5855 Christie Avenue , Emeryville, California 94608
Beginning Class - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. $12
Intermediate/Advanced 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. $12
Practica: 9:30 -10:30 p.m. $5 (free with class; another chance for floor time).
La Práctica for all levels with Mike & Alisa at Step One, 1920 T St. (at train tracks), 8:15 - 10:15 p.m., only $3 for all levels, beginners welcome. Another chance to get needed floor time

Chris Peake & Emily Trites teach "Twenty-Something Tango" at TBTR in Old Sac 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Contact Donna at donna@rivertango.com or 916-443-7008 for more information.
Zak Brown hosts a práctica featuring a mix of music from 8 to 10 p.m. Thurdays at "Tango by the River" 128 J St. Old Sacramento. Cost is only $3!!! Contact Donna at donna@rivertango.com or 916-443-7008 for details.
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@>---- Friday, November 3, 2006 - Purple Night at La AlterNATIVA!
Had your fill of black? Seeing (way too much) red? Honestly, does anyone look good in orange?
This Friday we'll celebrate The Color Purple! The color of Royalty. (It was Cleopatra's favorite.) Purple light is believed to enhance the power of meditation. Purple, (much like tango), embodies the balance of passionate red and calm blue.
Come to La Alter-NATIVA this Friday! Wear purple, eat and drink purple, and maybe dance to a few "purple" songs! Best "purple" female and best "purple" male get into the next La Alter-NATIVA free!
8:00 p.m. Lesson / 9:00 p.m. Milonga / $10 includes lesson, milonga & refreshments!
At Tango by the River, 128 J Street, Old Sacramento

@>---- 2nd SUNDAY / Time 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. - at Giovanni's Pizzeria Milonga
( 2701 Del Paso Rd in Safeway Shopping Center Town Center -
Del Paso Rd exit from I-5 - East)
Contact: Joanne Miyao (916) 215-1020 cell or Betsy Gordon (916) 601-8824 cell
1st and 3rd Sundays of every month - 6 - 9:30 p.m.
@>---- "MILONGA MIRABELLE" 7318 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (just west of San Juan)
Hosted by Mirabelle European Pastry Café. Mini Cover Charge: $5 for dancers (includes two tickets for drawings at 8 & 8:30 p.m.) This charge is to support our host, whether or not we eat and drink at his establishment. The Mirabelle will remain open for customers which will expose Argentine tango to a new area! With the hope of promoting tango Teachers are encouraged to put out their flyers.
@>---- Every THURSDAY evening at "Café La Boca" at 2600 Fair Oaks Boulevard
(at Munroe, diagonally across from Loehmann's Plaza) from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m, más o menos. Contact Ed Loomis, TangoBear@pobox.com or 916-368-9451, for info.

Mariposa Argentine Tango Club at the Verdi Club www.sfmariposaverdi.org
2424 Mariposa St. at Potrero Ave, SF
7:15 - 8 p.m - Close Embrace Basics 8 - 8:45 p.m - Int/Adv Close Embrace
8:45 p.m - 12:30 am - Milonga hosted by Victor Meneses & Christy Coté with D.J. Emilo Flores
$15 class & Milonga/$14 Milonga only.


FROM El Gato & Andrea: Dear Tangueros, If you think of investing in a trip to Buenos Aires , don't miss this great opportunity to travel to the Mecca of Tango with two professional Argentinean dancers and masters, Gato Valdez and Andrea Monti. They will guide you to the best local places during the 14 tour days and will accompany you at all times!
The package includes the following:
* Airport pick up and drop off in Buenos Aires
* 13 nights, 14 days at a 4 stars hotel with breakfast
* Welcome dinner
* Tango City Tour (Historic circuit, La Boca, San Telmo, Retiro, Recoleta Cemetery, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Palermo parks and Palermo neighborhood, Mataderos Fair)
* 8 tango classes with excellent teachers (one and a half hours each)
* Colón Theatre visit
* Café Tortoni visit
* A day in the country (with"asado " , " gauchos show," horse riding, music and more!
* 12 milonga nights (entrance tickets included)
* Tango Dinner Show at one of the best dinner theatres in Buenos Aires *Guided shopping day
* Farewell dinner
For more information, details & registration, please visit our trip website www.bairestangotour.com.ar montitango@hotmail.com / andretodotango@yahoo.com.ar
(415) 425 0515 Thank you! Andrea & Gato

]From Patricia Thaxter" patricia@infusionstravel.com
Buenos Aires & Iguazu Falls in February

Greetings Tangueros and Tangueras,
Come to Buenos Aires for our Third Annual trek to the FESTIVAL BUENOS AIRES TANGO---
this is the FREE festival the city organizes with free classes, concerts by the best tango orchestras & singers,
open-air street milongas and much more!
This is a "non-tour". You can take advantage of low group pricing,
having all travel details taken care of for you and receiving tons of insider information about the milongas, privates and tango scene! Several group activities will also be available.
And this time, the trip includes a 2-night, 3-day excursion to Iguazu Falls...
one of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world!!
Departure: February 20, 2007 from San Francisco
Package price per person based on double occupancy:
14-nights with Iguazu Falls: $2,345 / 12-nights without Iguazu: $1,895
Includes hotel & airfare, welcome dinner & tango show,
airport transfers and special discounts at tango stores.
Let me show you how to experience Buenos Aires like a local and how to
discover YOUR OWN Buenos Aires!!
Contact me at
patricia@infusionstravel.com or 916-442-7191.
Don't delay as spaces are limited. More details at www.infusionstravel.com
Patricia Thaxter ; Registered Travel Consultant

And finally, for those of you who missed our milonga, Gato & Andrea performance videos are on our website: http://modestotango.blogspot.com/search/label/Video

Until later:

Mary Menz

(209) 522-1571